Jagran Post brings you the highlight of the previous week that stunned the tech lovers and took the technology industry by storm.

HTC One M8

Taiwan's HTC Corp unveiled a new flagship smartphone on Tuesday, an upgrade to the award-winning HTC One that it hopes will claw back some of the market share lost to Samsung.

The HTC One M8 has a 5-inch display, slightly larger than its predecessor, as well as improved camera technology, a faster processor and updated software, the company said.

What catches the spotlight in this device is its 4-UltraPixel camera. Chairwoman Cher Wang said at an event in London that the new device, which has a premium metal body, was an evolution of last year's HTC One.

Facebook-Oculus deal

Social media major Facebook Inc said that it will acquire two-year-old Oculus VR Inc, a maker of virtual-reality glasses for gaming, at USD 2 billion, buying its way into the fast-growing wearable devices arena with its first-ever hardware deal.

The acquisition, which comes hot on the heels of its USD 19 billion deal for messaging service WhatsApp, marks a big bet by Facebook to anticipate the next shift in an evolving technology industry, at a time when consumers are increasingly abandoning their PCs for smartphones.

Many in the industry believe that wearable devices could represent the next big platform shift. Google Inc has been testing Google Glass, a stamp-sized electronic screen mounted to a pair of eyeglasses for several years. Last week, it introduced an effort to develop computerized wristwatches.

BlackBerry price slash

BlackBerry slashed price of its latest smartphone Z30 by 12 percent to Rs 34,990 for a limited period following a good response to earlier discount offer on Z10 handsets.

The company has launched this offer for period of 60 days starting March 27. The offer will run across all BlackBerry retail networks. The white BlackBerry Z30 will be exclusively available on online marketplace Flipkart at the same price of Rs 34,990, the statement said.

BlackBerry lowered handset prices in the face of losses due to declining sales and build-up of inventory across the globe. In December, the company offered incentives on handset sales, especially devices built on its latest platform BlackBerry 10.

Galaxy S5 India launch

Samsung on Thursday launched its latest flagship device Galaxy S5 in India. The company also mentioned that the smartphone will be made available in the country starting April 11 this year.

As per the company, Galaxy S5 will be priced between Rs 51,000 and Rs 53,000. The sevice also has a fingerprint scanner on the home button, which can be used to protect data and provide security credentials in a swipe.

The phone is now up for pre-orders in India

Office for iPad

Microsoft Corp's new chief executive officer Satya Nadella finally unveiled Office for Apple Inc's iPad in a polished debut that set him apart from his energetic predecessor while signaling his plans to make mobile apps the top priority at the world's largest software company.

At a news conference on Thursday, executives demonstrated a new "touch-first" version of Office crafted for the iPad, available for download as a free app, though a subscription is needed to let users create or edit documents rather than just read them.

Significantly, they did not demonstrate any software on Windows machines, telegraphing a departure from former chief executive Steve Ballmer's focus on the personal computer operating software and its own devices.